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Hush Tea Bar provides mental health support to healthcare professionals and migrant workers amidst Covid-19

In April Swiss Re Group announced it was providing the Swiss Re Foundation with an additional CHF 5 million to fund COVID-19 relief efforts. Over the last two months, the Swiss Re Foundation has been in contact with its local and global partners to assess the business impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

We're happy to report back on how funds are being used and how we're making a collective impact. Here is one of the stories.

Hush Tea Bar provides mental health support to healthcare professionals and migrant workers amidst Covid-19

In response to the increasing rise of COVID-19 cases in Singapore, the Swiss Re Foundation partnered with the local social enterprise Hush Tea Bar to support a project that consisted of providing self-care kits or care packages for the migrant workers and frontline healthcare professionals.

HUSH Tea Bar is Singapore's first "Silent Tea Bar," founded by Former Nominated Member of Parliament, Anthea Ong. It is a social enterprise that champions (1) Self-care; (2) Social Inclusion; and (3) Mental Wellness into every workplace, school and community. Hush is run completely by a core team of differently abled persons, including Deaf TeaRistas and Hearing facilitators who are persons with or in-recovery from mental health conditions as a form of empowerment and societal resilience.

COVID-19 has certainly created a high level of disruption and impacted many lives in Singapore, but it is even more so with the foreign migrant workers. Many of these men come from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh to work to provide for their families back in their home country. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, their work has been halted and, with the increased spread of the virus within their living quarters or dormitories, it has disrupted and affected their social well-being.

As a partner, HUSH Tea Bar has recognized the urgent need to support the migrant workers and frontline healthcare professionals who have been selflessly working around the clock to provide the necessary healthcare to those infected and suffering from symptoms. In doing so, HUSH Tea Bar created a COVID-19 response with the aim of providing 14,345 self-care kits or care packages for these two groups.

The Hush inspired self-care kits for the healthcare workers included a special organic brew of tea from Sri Lanka, notebook for journaling and various therapeutic activities and exercises that can help to manage their mental health during such a stressful period. To support the migrant workers, the self-care kits included items such as tea, notebook, hand sanitizer, mask (reusable), disinfectant, microfiber cloth, and laundry soap bars. The goal with these care packages is to help manage risk and prevent further spread, but also to provide different ways to manage their emotions during an uncertain time.

"We are very thankful to the Swiss Re Foundation for supporting this effort, particularly the self-care kits for our migrant worker friends," Anthea Ong said. "What has really surprised me is how excited the migrant workers have been with the journal and pen as they don't have access to writing materials in the dormitories, and many of them would like to pen down their thoughts."

As the Singapore government continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, it is organizations like HUSH Tea Bar who have stepped up to the frontline by adding their support to the migrant workers and recognizing ways to provide aid to the healthcare professionals to better manage their mental wellbeing during a pandemic. The Swiss Re Foundation is proud to partner with HUSH Tea Bar in these efforts to manage risk and offer tools that can provide better mental wellness for these vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19.

 

 


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